Table Decorating Ideas
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table decorating ideas

{Between Naps on The Porch}

Are you having a dinner party and need some table decorating ideas? Are you looking for some holiday table setting ideas, or are you celebrating a special occasion? Well, you have stopped by the right place!

Whether your event is formal or informal, setting a beautiful table will welcome your guests, and put everyone in a festive mood. It takes some planning to decorate your table for entertaining, but you can set an eye-catching table without spending a lot of money!


There are just some people who really have a knack for table decorating ideas. Susan from Between Naps On The Porch, in my opinion, is the queen! Her ideas are just fabulous! Susan has a large screened porch where she hosts many of her parties.

table decorating ideas

This table setting theme is all about the beach! She used seashells, candles, and a gorgeous lantern for her table centerpiece idea. Craft stores like Hobby Lobby carry seashells, starfish, cheap beach decor, as well as rope netting. For colored glasses, like pictured above, I like to shop at Pottery stores for great bargains.

For unique beach decor napkin rings, purchase some natural rope and cut into 10" pieces. Next, glue a small starfish, or seashell in the middle of the rope. Then, just roll your napkin up, and tie the rope around your napkin with the starfish in the center. Trim any excess rope.

table decorating ideas

This theme is all about a "garden party". It is so bright and cheerful! She used a miniature glass greenhouse, decorated with flowers for her centerpiece.

Terra cotta clay pottery is inexpensive and makes a fantastic table setting idea for summer parties. Using the terra cotta clay saucer for a charger plate is brilliant!

table decorating ideas

I love her napkin folding ideas! She used garden gloves to layer with her green napkins!! This is why I say she is the "Queen"!

table decorating ideas

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year! I love how she incorporates all the fall colors. Don't you love the little pumpkin soup tureens?

If you don't have pumpkin soup tureens, no worries! Purchase little pumpkins from your local craft store and set them in the middle of the plates. Again, shop at cheap pottery stores for auburn colored glasses, and fall napkins.

I love incorporating nature into my table setting ideas. Instead of one large candle, set out three medium candles on your table, and place pine cones and acorns around your candles. That is a great cheap table decorating idea!

table decorating ideas

Celebrating an "Un-Birthday Party"! What a great idea! Susan's dishes are all about "Alice In Wonderland". How much fun is this party?

table decorating ideas

I always love a simple and elegant table setting for Christmas. The silver reindeer, white dishes, and silver accents compliment this Christmas theme. Small, white candles sets the mood perfectly. I love the reindeer napkin rings! She always comes up with unique table centerpiece ideas!

Christmas table setting ideas can be over-the-top whimsical, or very simple and elegant just using white dishes, white linens, white candles, and adding a touch of silver Christmas decor. Just make it fun and inviting. You are creating a mood, and then more importantly; a memory!

If you are needing help with how to set your table, then visit my page on elegant party ideas, for a complete informal table setting diagram.



These are only a few of the ideas from Susan. Stop by and visit her blog!

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